Fairley Certain: He Wants to Be a Tiger

Nick Fairley tells Inside the Auburn Tigers why he wants to play for Tommy Tuberville's team.

Mobile, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers added yet another early verbal commitment on Saturday when junior college defensive lineman Nick Fairley announced his decision to attend Auburn.

A signee for the Tigers in 2007, Fairley is currently at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi and he says he is looking forward to being able to join the Auburn football program. Fairley made his announcement in his hometown at Williamson High, where he was a football and basketball star. He is AU's 10th public verbal commitment for 2009.

"I really can't wait to re-sign with Auburn," Fairley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm focused on what I wanted to do out of high school.

"The love they showed me, the coaching staff and the players, I felt the vibe when I went down there for a visit," he adds. "I knew I was going to fit in with the guys and I did. I can't wait to get down there."

Fairley is shown at his press conference on Saturday.

Offered by a number of top schools coming out of Williamson High in Mobile including Alabama, LSU, Florida State, West Virginia and many others, Fairley says this time around he didn't get much interest from anyone because they knew he was set on getting to Auburn.

"I didn't hear from any of them," Fairley says. "They knew I was going to Auburn."

A versatile athlete, Fairley was a dominating player in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game after his senior season at Williamson High. He played offensive tackle in the all-star contest.

Currently 6-4, 270 pounds after dropping some weight in the spring, Fairley says he plans to play both defensive tackle and defensive end for Copiah-Lincoln this year after redshirting as a freshman. The move will pay dividends for Fairley down the road because it will give him three seasons of eligibility at Auburn, but he notes it wasn't easy to sit and watch in 2008.

"I'm real anxious to play after sitting out last year," he says. "I'm just getting my mind right. The toughest part was not playing knowing I could have been out there helping them. I just concentrated on getting ready for next year.

"It's going to be a major positive for me because I'll have three years to show what I can do," he says of his decision to redshirt. "I can't wait."

Shown at a Scout.com Combine going into his senior season at Williamson High, Fairley was a standout performer at the event.

Playing both offense and defense for the Lions of Williamson High, Fairley had a strong senior season. As a tight end Fairley was used mostly as a blocker, but managed to catch five passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. Playing defensive end he also added 90 tackles.

Fairley becomes Auburn's 10th commitment for 2009 joining fellow re-signs Eltoro Freeman and Wilfred Journet and high school prospects Terrence Coleman, Jamontay Pilson, Harris Gaston, Brandon Heavens, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Raymond Cotton and Rodney Scott.

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